July 27, 2006 Subject:
A Burning Potpourri
This 30s firefighting film is a whole potpourri of firefighting stuff. It starts with a whole bunch of demonstrations of different firefighting techniques and equipment, including a showing of what the fire chief keeps in his car. These segments have a somewhat goofy quality to them, as if the firemen werenât taking them all that seriously. Then thereâs footage from a bunch of different fires. Most of these are humongous blazes that cause tremendous destruction. One segment appears to show injured and dead firemen being pulled out of rubble. This is one of the more interesting Stillman films, with something to please just about every fire buff (not to mention pyro) out there.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
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A variety of fireeater clips, which includes what REALLY is in a fire marshall's car, a demonstration of firemen procedure on ladders and boats, and then the real fun kicks in, and we get to see fire after fire! Whats so great of course, that this is 1930 we're talking about here, and so there's not a lot of sprinklers that have been installed. So when something burns, it BURNS BAY-BAY! Schools! Rubber Factories! It's all here! The first part is somwhat boring, but the 2nd part is quite lively!